|Mike Petraglia, Chris Price explain how Jacoby Brissett pulled off perfect ‘complementary’ win||09.23.16 at 1:03 am ET|
FOXBORO — How did the Patriots pull it off? Jacoby Brissett manages the perfect game and the defense and special teams play huge in the Patriots’ 27–0 win over the Texans on Thursday night. WEEI’s Mike Petraglia and Chris Price have your recap from Foxboro.
|Mike Petraglia, Ryan Hannable on how Bill Belichick is dealing with Jimmy Garoppolo questions, Rob Gronkowski||09.20.16 at 12:40 pm ET|
FOXBORO — What’s the latest with Jimmy Garoppolo? Is Jacoby Brissett ready for Thursday night? And what about Rob Gronkowski? All this and more as WEEI’s Mike Petraglia and Ryan Hannable have your Patriots preview from Gillette Stadium.
|Scene-setting from Foxboro: Rob Gronkowski to miss home opener with rain in forecast||09.18.16 at 9:52 am ET|
FOXBORO — With Rob Gronkowski out again with a hamstring injury and Dont’a Hightower not expected to play with a right knee injury, the Patriots look to improve to 14-1 in home openers against the Dolphins.
The only home opener the Patriots have lost in the previous 14 years of Gillette Stadium came in 2012 when Stephen Gostkowski missed a last-second field goal against the Cardinals, giving Arizona a 20-18 win in Foxboro on Sept. 16, 2012.
Gronkowski will miss his second straight game with a sore hamstring, tweaked initially on Aug. 15 in joint practices with the Bears and then, reportedly, a week later during individual work on the side.
Without Gronk last week, Jimmy Garoppolo, making his first career home start, found Julian Edelman on all seven targets, James White for five catches on seven targets and connected with Chris Hogan and Danny Amendola for three catches apiece. Martellus Bennett had just three catches on five targets on 15 yards.
Hightower has not been formally ruled out for the game, as he was officially listed as doubtful in Friday’s injury report. Hightower, who tweaked his right knee in last Sunday’s win over the Cardinals, did not practice all week. It’s highly unusual for a player not to practice all week and then play on Sunday.
The forecast is calling for humid conditions with a chance of mid-afternoon showers, with temperatures in the upper 70s or lower 80s. Relative humidity is expected to be around 65 percent for kickoff.
The Dolphins are trying to snap a seven-game losing streak in Foxboro, with their last win coming in the “Wildcat” game of 2008, when they stunned the Patriots in a 38-13 win.
A win would keep the Patriots in sole possession of first place in the AFC East at 2-0. The Jets are 1-1 while the Bills are already 0-2.
At halftime, Kevin Faulk will be honored as the latest member of the Patriots Hall of Fame. On Friday, Bill Belichick recalled what it meant to have Faulk on the roster early in his tenure in Foxboro and why his unselfishness helped establish the Patriot Way.
|Mike Petraglia, Chris Price on different messages of Bill Belichick, Jimmy Garoppolo and Martellus Bennett||09.14.16 at 1:56 pm ET|
FOXBORO — Bill Belichick, Jimmy Garoppolo, Martellus Bennett and Bruce Springsteen all in a busy day down at Gillette Stadium. WEEI’s Mike Petraglia and Chris Price have your report from Foxboro.
|Mike Petraglia recaps stunning Patriots win over Cards in Jimmy Garoppolo’s first NFL start||09.12.16 at 12:59 am ET|
GLENDALE, Ariz. — The Patriots pull off a victory few thought they could. How did they do it? Jimmy G was one key but so too was an opportunistic defense that held Carson Palmer in check and terrific special teams work. Mike Petraglia has the report from inside University of Phoenix Stadium.
|Scene-setting from Arizona: Patriots open 2016 season with Jimmy Garoppolo, without Nate Solder, Rob Gronkowski||09.11.16 at 1:52 pm ET|
GLENDALE, Ariz. — The time has finally arrived.
After a summer of trying to get Jimmy Garoppolo ready to fill the shoes of Tom Brady for the first month of the season, the first test is upon the Patriots as they play the Cardinals in the Valley of the Sun.
The weather outside University of Phoenix is a big reason the Cardinals built a retractable roof in the middle of the desert. It will be sunny and 100 degrees outside. The roof figures to be closed, creating a comfortable 72-degree environment inside the building where the Patriots won Super Bowl XLIX the last time they played there.
The building figures to be much more hostile this time as expectations are high for the Cardinals, who reached the NFC championship before getting blown out by the Carolina Panthers.
The Patriots enter the game as nine-point underdogs (per Bovada), the biggest margin for Patriots since they were 14-point underdogs against the Rams in Super Bowl XXXVI.
The reason for the big spread is who the Patriots are missing. Tom Brady and Rob Ninkovich start 2016 serving four-game suspensions. Star tight end Rob Gronkowski and starting left tackle Nate Solder are out with hamstring injuries.
Jonathan Cooper did not make the trip with plantar fascia in his foot.
How will the Patriots cope? There is the thought that McDaniels will use a combination of power running and no-huddle to keep Arizona’s pass rush (featuring newly-acquired Chandler Jones) at bay. Chris Price has the scouting report.
Ryan Hannable has 10 fun facts to consider heading into the game.
The Patriots reportedly made a couple of big transactions before the game, extending the contract of Ninkovich and restructuring the deal of safety Devin McCourty that shifts just over $3 million to guaranteed money next season, saving approximately $2.8 million in cap space this season.
The Patriots have won 11 of their last 12 season openers, including last year’s 28-21 decision over the Steelers at Gillette Stadium. Bill Belichick is 12-4 in season openers with the Patriots and 14-7 overall as a head coach.
|Mike Petraglia, Chris Price talk Jimmy Garoppolo, Tom Brady, Tony Romo, tight ends||09.07.16 at 2:12 pm ET|
FOXBORO — Jimmy Garoppolo thinks it’ll be a smoother operation without Tom Brady around, and Martellus Bennett talks about “improv” in the Patriots locker room. WEEI’s Mike Petraglia and Chris Price have your report from Foxboro.
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